Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (462)

Robert Troy

Question:

462. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of credit cards issued to staff and Ministers in his Department; the total costs of each card since March 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12481/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

There are currently a total of four official credit cards held in my Department. These comprise of two Executive Visa Corporate Cards and two Visa Business Cards. The total cost of these cards for the period in question are, €430 for each of the Executive Visa Corporate Cards and €98.10 for each of the Visa Business Cards.

As the Deputy will no doubt be aware, credit cards of this nature are no more than a tool which facilitates the efficient discharge of Departmental business; in many cases it is not possible to procure goods and services without a credit card where for example suppliers insist on advance payment.